Just moments ago Scion released the official pictures of Ken Gushi’s Scion Racing 2013 FR-S drift car that the young driver will campaign in the 2012 Formula Drift season. Gushi’s new weapon was put together by the mechcanical wizards at GReddy Performance with support from Scion Racing, Hankook Tires, and shoes (wheels) provided by Rays Engineering. Technical specs on Gushi’s FR-S have yet to be released but Scion does say in the press release (view below) that the FR-S drift car makes 600hp. I can only assume the engine has been strongly reinforced and boosted to the edge of the universe and back. I am looking forward to seeing the beast navigate its way between the walls at Long Beach this year!
Detroit – January 9, 2012 – Scion today unveiled its Scion Racing/GReddy FR-S race car during a press conference at the 2012 North American International Auto Show. The FR-S will be competing in the 2012 Formula DRIFT series with veteran driver Ken Gushi behind the wheel.
The 600-horsepower FR-S race car is the result of a collaboration between Scion Racing and GReddy, a performance-products company that has been involved with Toyota and racing for over twenty years.
The race car is inspired by the 2013 Scion FR-S, a compact rear-wheel-drive sports car that will go on sale in the spring of 2012. The high-performance coupe is the fifth model to join the Scion family.
This spy shot popped up on the interwebs today courtesy of Mike Kojima. This will eventually be Dai Yoshihara’s 2011 Formula Drift competition car. Unfortunately the car probably wont have the awesome staggered tire sizes you see in the picture. That was just a playful poke by Mike at the new Formula D tire rules for 2011. We’re waiting with baited breath to see how the car will look once Falken crew is totally done with it. Get ‘r done boys!
This is the latest creation from Josh Herron and Will Roegge AKA “The Pharrell and Chad of car videos”. In this piece you get to experience Formula D Seattle from Chris Forsberg’s POV. FYI this entire video was shot on Contour HD action cameras. Scroll down and enjoy!
We’ve been waiting for this “official” announcement for quite some time and its finally here. Sam Hubinette officially announced his new team “Sam Hubinette Racing” or “SHR” and released a rendering of what his 2010 Dodge Challenger drift car will look like when its finished. It should be noted that this is a brand new chassis and not the Challenger built by the late Shaun Carlson of NuFormz a few years back. It is also official that rally driver Andrew Comrie Picard AKA “ACP” will pilot Sam’s old Dodge Viper SRT10 battle axe for the 2010 season as well. Sponsorship for the team comes by the way of Dodge Motorsports and BFGoodrich tires.
Right now it is not known how close either car is to being ready for Long Beach but hopefully Sam’s new team can pull it off because I really want to see the muscle car trifecta (Mustang, Camaro, Challenger) going at it on the streets this April.
SAMUEL HÜBINETTE, Two-Car Team for 2010
Samuel Hübinette Racing,
Announces Two-Car Team for 2010
Newport Coast, Calif. (SAMUEL HÜBINETTE RACING) — Two-time Formula DRIFT (FD) champion Samuel Hübinette is returning to the FD series with a new factory-backed Dodge team in 2010.
After six successful seasons with the NuFormz Mopar/BFGoodrich team, Samuel Hübinette is moving on to a new chapter in his illustrious career. Hübinette will strike out on his own in 2010, forming his own racing operation, Samuel Hübinette Racing (SHR). With support from sponsors including Dodge and BFG, Hübinette’s SHR organization will field a two-car team for the 2010 FD season.
“This is a new chapter for us,” said Hübinette. “I’m very excited to be back in competition and to take on a new role as team owner this year.”
The veteran Hübinette will drift his new Dodge Challenger, while FD newcomer Andrew “ACP” Comrie-Picard will take the wheel of the team’s familiar Dodge Viper SRT10.
“We’re looking at a strong year and a strong team for 2010,” said Hübinette. “We’re pleased to bring the Dodge Challenger into the series, while still showing off the capabilities of the Dodge Viper. I’m excited to see what ACP can accomplish.”
Comrie-Picard is an accomplished rally driver who won the 2009 North American Rally Championship.
Both Hübinette and Comrie-Picard will be competing on BFGoodrich g-Force T/AKDW tires.
Turning the wrenches for both Comrie-Picard’s SHR-Dodge/BFG Viper and Hübinette’s Challenger is Brad Manka. The SHR crew chief maintained Hübinette’s NuFormz Viper during the 2008 and 2009 FD campaigns.
Hübinette has competed in the FD Series under the NuFormz Racing banner since the series’ inception in 2004, capturing two championships in his first three seasons. Hübinette to date owns the most wins (nine) of any FD Series driver.
The two-time FD champion was dealt an enormous blow when NuFormz team owner Shaun Carlson passed away suddenly last October. Hübinette will carry on in memory of his departed friend and colleague.
“Shaun’s tragic death was a shock to us all,” said Hübinette. “We hope to do him proud out there this season.”
ABOUT SAMUEL HÜBINETTE
A native Swede, Hübinette has been living and competing in the United States since 2001. He became a US citizen in 2006.
When he isn’t drifting, Hübinette is also a working stunt driver in car commercials and in Hollywood productions including the Fast and the Furious franchise, Crank2, and the upcoming film Knight and Day.
Hübinette developed a taste for speed in his native Sweden, where he earned a reputation for pushing snowmobiles, motorcycles and cars to their limits. He competed as a driver in Touring Car racing on a team for Volvo from 1997 through 2000 and worked for Volvo Cars for nine years as a stunt driver and test driver in product development for the company.
He has also worked as a performance driving instructor, including a three-year stint at the Skip Barber Racing School, where he was a member of the elite Special Product Group.
Last year Samuel became a “specialist reserved officer” with LAPD.
SHR Partners: Dodge, BFGoodrich, Mopar, Eibach, Weld Racing, AIT, Sparco, K&N, AEM, Stack Performance, ES Motorsports, Royal Purple, Wilwood, Tilton Engineering, Os Giken, ITI Performance, Magnaflow, Azunia Tequila, APR And more to come!!
Saturday was Formula D’s “Final Fight” at Irwindale and just like F1 Brazil the math-a-holics were busy crunching away on the calculators trying to figure out a multitude of possible scenarios. The points were tight but there were a few drivers who still had an outside chance. I say “outside” because the consensus was that Chris Forsberg had to have a massive failure in order for him to fail clenching the title at Irwindale. In fact, all he had to do to lock it up was qualify into the top 32 and then advance out of it into the top 16. Although it didn’t come to him as easily as it may have seemed. In the top 32 Chris was paired up against Doug “The Red Mustang Avenger” Van Den Brink and he wasn’t about to be a door mat to Forsberg’s championship threshold. In fact Doug fought so hard that he forced it into a OMT which made some of NOS Energy crew VERY nervous! However when they went to the second battle Forsberg turned it on and advanced past Van Den Brink thus securing the 2009 Formula D title. Even though Forsberg won the war Tuerck won the battle for night and captured the top spot on the podium. Stay tuned to MotorworldHype as we’ll have another event report and pictures going up soon. Congrats to Chris Forsberg for winning the Championship and Ryan Tuerck for giving the fans a good fight all season long.
Formula D just announced that they’ll be ditching the tried and true “Top 16″ competition format and switch to a “Top 32″ format which is what was used in the Red Bull World Drifting Championships. I personally think this is an awesome idea as it provides constant competition excitement and gives many of the smaller teams a better chance at the big show.
March 16, 2009
Formula DRIFT Announces New 32 car Head-to-Head Competition Format for 2009 Season
Long Beach, Calif. – March 16, 2009 – Formula DRIFT will be implementing a Top 32 tandem competition format for the 2009 season. The Top 32 tandem format will replace the Top 16 format previously used in an effort to appeal to the fans. The new competition format will be used starting at Round 1: Streets of Long Beach on April 10-11.
The Top 32 tandem competition format will pit the Top 32 drivers in a round-by-round elimination with each driver advancing to the next round. Each round’s head-to-head battles will be determined by the drivers’ qualifying score. The higher qualifying score will receive a higher position, with the highest qualifier receiving the #1 spot and lowest qualifier receiving the #32 spot. The #1 and #32 positioned drivers will then compete in a head-to-head battle and the tandem competitions will continue until the finale and a winner will be determined.
“From our experience hosting the Red Bull Drifting World Championship in 2008, the 32 car tandem format seemed the most exciting,” states Jim Liaw, president and co-founder of Formula DRIFT. “As ambassadors for the sport, it is our responsibility to push the sport’s limits and keep it as exciting for the fans as possible and we feel this new format will give the fans more action during a Formula DRIFT event.”
The new format provides fans with more tandem competition throughout the event day, something fans want to see more of. The larger bracket will allow for more diverse match ups of drivers that may have never competed against each other.
“Drivers will have to strategize and plan effectively to make it further into the competition,” states Tanner Foust, Formula DRIFT 2007 & 2008 champion. “As a driver we will have to expect the unexpected not knowing the skills of the other driver. For the fans there will be more action and excitement with the Top 32.”
This video just hit the interwebs today. It’s Vaughn Gittin JR testing out his 2010 Ford Mustang Drift car set to the best soundtrack known to man. I watched this 5 times before I posted it. Shake ‘n Bake JR!